Jennifer Carwile, the artist who brought the crowd-favorite “My Life as a Mermaid” installation at Prospect 3+BR in December and January, is showing new work in the exhibit “Waterscapes” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Coates Guest House, 4518 Hyacinth Ave., at Lee Drive, in Baton Rouge.
Continuing with the aquatic theme, “Waterscapes” features new paintings and Carwile’s first attempts at bronze sculptures.
Equal space is given to two different yet related areas of work — serene scenes of rivulets through sandbars and the tide rolling in, which transport you to the shore, and colorful collages and sculptures depicting Carwile’s imagined life as a mermaid.
The underlying themes shared by both sections of this show are the healing aspects of nature, beauty and joy. Carwile creates paintings that are soothing to the soul. She uses oil-based paint and introduces different water-based solutions — the push and pull of the repelling substances capture the organic movement found throughout nature.
Her new paintings incorporate wood grain into the composition, emphasizing the way certain grains echo the movement of the tide and waves. The results are a calming, serene body of work.
The “Mermaid Tales” series is a result of Carwile’s struggle with the ideals of feminine beauty as she adapts to life with alopecia universalis. Her mermaid scenes are full of wonder and joy, depicting stories of finding beauty and love where it may not be expected, such as the helpful, neighborly anglerfish in “A Little Light Reading.”
Carwile also continues her foray into sculpture. She enrolled in a foundry class at LSU and will be showing off her new skill in bronze casting with a mermaid fountain and her first experiment with kinetic sculpture.
Private viewings also can be scheduled by emailing Jennifer@JenniferCarwilePaintings.com.